The Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia—measuring 289 m in length and 45 m in beam— arrived yesterday from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on the US Gulf Coast, MANA correspondent reported.
“The transit of the first LNG vessel through the new Panama Canal locks is a milestone in the waterway’s history,” said Panama Canal administrator and ceo Jorge L. Quijano. “LNG trade will greatly benefit from the expansion, and we look forward to welcoming even more LNG vessels through the waterway.”
The expanded Canal can accommodate 90% of the world’s LNG tankers, which is forecast to have a major impact on global LNG flows.
With the United States poised to become one of the world’s top LNG exporters in the next five years, the Canal will allow vessels departing the US East and Gulf Coast for Asia to enjoy significant reductions in voyage times of up to 22.8 days for round trip, making US gas deliveries to major Asian importers very competitive. Meanwhile, Vessels departing the US Gulf Coast for the West Coast of South America will similarly experience major time savings.